Cognitive Dissonance

Why is is that liberals don’t understand that when it comes to raising revenue, taxing something means they’re going to have less of that something to tax (and therefore less taxes), but they completely understand how to use taxes to destroy their enemies?

 
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May 25th, 2013 by KevinC

British soldier killed in front of barracks because of Muslim Extremism and outrage over Denmark winning Eurovision, but mostly Muslim Extremism*.

There are two possible responses to a dispersed threat like home-grown terrorism: A dispersed response, such as what worked on United Flight 93, or an unarmed population and a police state. Britain has chosen a police state, and this happens.

“Video filmed by an onlooker and broadcast by ITV News shows a man with his hands covered in blood and holding a bloodied knife and machete. He says in a London accent: “I apologise that women had to witness that, but in our lands our women have to see the same thing.”

“You people will never be safe. Remove your Government, they don’t care about you.”

He then walks off, still carrying his weapons, back towards the body of the victim who is lying in the middle of the road.”

In other parts of the video, said to be too shocking to show, it is claimed he says: “This British soldier is an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”

“We saw clearly two knives, meat cleavers. They were big kitchen knives like you would use in a butcher’s. They were hacking at this poor guy. We thought they were trying to remove organs from him.

These two guys were crazed, they were not there, they were just animals. They then dragged him from the pavement and dumped his body in the middle of the road.

They took 20 minutes to arrive, the police – the armed response.”

For years, the rulers of Britain have been telling their subjects not to get involved, not to defend themselves, not to fight back. Now when a horrific murder happens right in front of their eyes, rather than help, they watch. And take pictures, and don’t jump in and stop the attack

Compare this to the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords in Tucson, where bystanders jumped on the attacker and armed (civilian) response was on-scene in a matter of minutes, far ahead of the police. 

One country trusts its citizens to protect themselves, one discourages it. I know which country I prefer to live in.

* Headline style stolen shamelessy from Ace.

 
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May 22nd, 2013 by exurbankevin

“Please Detail The Content of Your Member’s Prayers”

“The question specifically asked from the IRS to the Coalition For Life For Iowa, ‘Please detail the content of the members of your organization’s prayers’.” 

Tar. Feathers. A Fence Rail. Some Assembly Required. 

 
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May 17th, 2013 by exurbankevin

Scylla, Charybdis, and the DNC

Will the Democratic Party be an effective political force on the national scale a year from now? Consider this. 

Obama’s personal PAC, Organizing for America, is sucking the oxygen out of progressive fundraising.

The Democratic National Committee is undergoing a recalibration as it learns to live with President Barack Obama’s permanent political presence – the independent issues group Organizing for Action that spun-off from the president’s re-election. Once vertically aligned in party flow chart, the two organizations are now co-equals with Obama at the head – independent organizations that some worry will fight for resources and attention from the president and supporters. 

Which wasn’t a problem right up until last Friday, when Obama lost the one key demographic he had remaining, the press.

Obama’s aloof mien and holier-than-thou rhetoric have left him with little reservoir of good will, even among Democrats. And the press, after years of being accused of being soft on Obama while being berated by West Wing aides on matters big and small, now has every incentive to be as ruthless as can be.

This White House’s instinctive petulance, arrogance and defensiveness have all worked to isolate Obama at a time when he most needs a support system. “It feel like they don’t know what they’re here to do,” a former senior Obama administration official said. “When there’s no narrative, stuff like this consumes you.”

Not a problem, right? I mean there’s always Hilary waiting in the wings, waiting for her turn to take over.

Or not.

“We’ve had several statements from Hillary Clinton saying she wasn’t involved. Well, now it turns out that her spokesman was involved. Miss Nuland was writing statements saying, ‘You know what? Politically this isn’t going to look good.’ So it sounds like Hillary Clinton’s fingerprints are all over these (Bengazi) talking points.”

Ok, what about Andrew Cuomo? I mean, he’s a rising star in the Democratic party with a solid pedigree and the governorship of a big state to back it up. He’s fresh off of a major gun-control victory in liberal New York state, he should be popular there, right? RIGHT!!!?!!

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s popularity has slipped, a poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University shows, likely due to Cuomo’s aggressive advocacy for a gun control bill that he signed into law earlier this month.

The poll found Cuomo’s job approval rating dropped from 74 percent to 59 percent, and his approval standing among Republican voters dropped from 68-18 in January to 44-43.

Ok, what about OTHER Democratic governors? Buelller? Bueller? Bueller? 

North Carolina elected its first Republican governor in more than two decades, securing 30 gubernatorial seats for the GOP.

It was a major milestone for the Republican party. Not only was it the first time North Carolina had elected a Republican governor since 1988, it also gave the GOP 30 statehouse seats, the highest number for either party in 12 years. The Democrats now have 19 governor seats. One state, Rhode Island, has an independent governor.

At this rate, I foresee a new Democratic PAC forming in 2016 to take back the White House: Democratic Dog Catchers for Change! 

 
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May 16th, 2013 by exurbankevin

The Media’s Lament

At first, Obama went after the gun owners, but that did not bother me because I did not own a gun.
Then he turned his back on our troops overseas, but that did not bother me because I never served in the military.
Then he let the people in our embassy in Libya die, but that did not bother me because I wasn’t in the State Department.
Then he allowed the IRS to block the formation of conservative political groups, but that did not bother me because I wasn’t a conservative.
Then Obama and Eric Holder subpoenaed my phone records, and there was no one left to defend me.

 
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May 15th, 2013 by exurbankevin

Obama is just doing what he does best

Ann Coulter, August 1, 2012

Obama’s usual campaign method, used in 100 percent of his races, has been to pry into the private records of his opponents.  

One month before the 2004 Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, Obama was down in the polls, about to lose to Blair Hull, a multimillionaire securities trader. But then the Chicago Tribune leaked the claim that Hull’s second ex-wife, Brenda Sexton, had sought an order of protection against him during their 1998 divorce proceedings. 

Those records were under seal, but as The New York Times noted: “The Tribune reporter who wrote the original piece later acknowledged in print that the Obama camp had ‘worked aggressively behind the scenes’ to push the story.” Many people said Axelrod had “an even more significant role — that he leaked the initial story.” 

Both Hull and his ex-wife opposed releasing their sealed divorce records, but they finally relented in response to the media’s hysteria — 18 days before the primary. Hull was forced to spend four minutes of a debate detailing the abuse allegation in his divorce papers, explaining that his ex-wife “kicked me in the leg and I hit her shin to try to get her to not continue to kick me.” 

After having held a substantial lead just a month before the primary, Hull’s campaign collapsed with the chatter about his divorce. Obama sailed to the front of the pack and won the primary. Hull finished third with 10 percent of the vote. 

As luck would have it, Obama’s opponent in the general election had also been divorced! Jack Ryan was tall, handsome, Catholic — and shared a name with one of Harrison Ford’s most popular onscreen characters! He went to Dartmouth, Harvard Law and Harvard Business School, made hundreds of millions of dollars as a partner at Goldman Sachs, and then, in his early 40s, left investment banking to teach at an inner city school on the South Side of Chicago. 

Ryan would have walloped Obama in the Senate race. But at the request of — again — the Chicago Tribune, California Judge Robert Schnider unsealed the custody papers in Ryan’s divorce five years earlier from Hollywood starlet Jeri Lynn Ryan, the bombshell Borg on “Star Trek: Voyager.” 

Jack Ryan had released his tax records. He had released his divorce records. But both he and his ex-wife sought to keep the custody records under seal to protect their son. 

Amid the 400 pages of filings from the custody case, Jack Ryan claimed that his wife had had an affair, and she counterclaimed with the allegation that he had taken her to “sex clubs” in Paris, New York and New Orleans, which drove her to fall in love with another man. 

Ryan had vehemently denied her allegations at the time, but it didn’t matter. The sex club allegations aired on “Entertainment Tonight,” “NBC Nightly News,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” and NBC’s “Today” show. CNN covered the story like it was the first moon landing. 

Four days after Judge Schnider unsealed the custody records, Ryan dropped out of the race for the horror of (allegedly) propositioning his own wife and then taking “no” for an answer. 

Flash forward to May 2013, and we now know that the Tea Party – IRS scandal has reached into the deepest reaches of the halls of power within Washington, right up to the doors of Obama’s White House

Did the idea to use the power of the IRS to destroy Obama’s opponents come from inside, or outside the White House?

Obama is telling us one thing. His history is telling us another. 

 

 
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May 13th, 2013 by exurbankevin

What, me worry?

Obama, May 5th

Obama also urged the students to “reject these voices” that warn of the evils of government,saying:

Still, you’ll hear voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s the root of all our problems, even as they do their best to gum up the works; or that tyranny always lurks just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, creative, unique experiment in self-rule is just a sham with which we can’t be trusted. 

Obama’s IRS, May 10th

The Internal Revenue Service admitted Friday to targeting conservative and Tea Party groups with additional scrutiny during the 2012 campaign, the Associated Press first reported.

IRS spokesperson Lois Lerner said at a conference in Washington that the agency apologized for the special emphasis and scrutiny in applications for tax-exempt status.

According to the AP, she said that organizations containing the words “Tea Party” or “patriot” were targeted for additional review, blaming that on “low-level” workers in Ohio.

I agree with the President: Something is a sham and can’t be trusted, but it’s not the brave, unique creative experiment that is the United States: It’s him. 

 
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May 13th, 2013 by exurbankevin

We’re just not that into you, Democrats

The President’s insistence on making everything personal (including re-branding his re-election campaign as a his own personal fundraising machine) is starting to have an effect on the Democrats, and the Democrats aren’t happy about it

“Since Obama was elected President, the Democrats have lost nine governorships, 56 members of the House and two Senate seats,” Doug Sosnik, the political director in Bill Clinton’s White House, writes in a new memo. While Republican branding problems get the lion’s share of attention, the Democratic Party’s favorability rating has declined by 15 points since Obama took power. A Pew Research Center survey this January showed that the Democratic Party was viewed favorably by 47 percent of Americans, down from 62 percent in Jan. 2009.” 

It’s ok, Democrats; at least you’ve got top notch leadership in Congress waiting to step in once Obama’s gone. 

Oh, wait

Sucks to be you, Dems. 

 
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May 11th, 2013 by exurbankevin

Jay “Chip” Carney

An actual un-retouched photo of Jay Carney from today’s press conference that has not been altered in any way, shape or form whatsoever. 
Really. 

remain_calm

Explainer.

 
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May 10th, 2013 by exurbankevin

May Day.

May is a “make or break month” for the Obama’s second term, and judging by what’s happened so far, Obama can’t wait for his second term to be over and done with. Just over a week has gone by this month, and so far…

June can’t come quickly enough for Obama. 

Update: Oh yeah, the IRS is targeting conservatives, and Congressman Issa is-a piss-ed about it. Things are going to get even worse for Obama this month. 

 
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May 10th, 2013 by exurbankevin